Wednesday, 28 September 2016

yummex Middle East: Double-digit Growth for the 10th Anniversary

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  The international trade fair for sweets and snacks in the MENA region, yummexMiddle East, which...

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

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Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2016

Show Review: Over 300 Exhibitors at PotatoEurope 2...

 The 300 exhibitors present (25% more than in 2008) were able to meet with their customers, at Pot...

ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

 ConAgra Foods has announced that it has acquired the packaged foods businesses of Frontera Foods and R...

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

 Food processing and packaging supplier tna has expanded its team in Asia, with the appointments of a n...

JBT Corporation Acquires Cooling and Applied Technologies

JBT Corporation Acquires Cooling and Applied Technologi...

 JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider for the food and beverage industry, announced ...

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters to Europe

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Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to Grow

Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to ...

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GEA to Present Equipment Portfolio at Chillventa

GEA to Present Equipment Portfolio at Chillventa

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Nigeria Has a New Potato Processing Plant

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DQ System Launches Potato Skins Snack

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US Processed 5% Less Potatoes in 2015

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Lay’s Chalet Sauce Potato Chips Available in Canadian Retail

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New Variety of Innate Potato Approved

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Greenpeace Issues Blacklist for Pesticides in EU

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FoodDrinkEurope has said it strongly regrets the negative outcome of the vote today in the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee for the revised nutrition claims list recently adopted by the Council.

 

Food operators strongly support the use of nutrition claims ‘on pack' to ensure that consumers are informed of a specific nutritional benefit or a nutritional improvement that has been made to a recipe (often via voluntary reformulation efforts).

The outcome of today's vote, if confirmed in the EP plenary vote on 2 February, would mean consumers would not be informed of the benefits of incremental nutritional changes/improvements to products and food operators
would have less possibility to communicate their reformulation efforts, presenting disincentives to invest in costly R&D and innovation techniques for the European market.

The proposal introduces two new nutrition claims into the Annex of EC Regulation 1924/2006 - namely, the ‘Now contains X% less' claim.

The vast majority of FoodDrinkEurope members support this claim (with the exception of CEFS - Le Comité Européen des Fabricants de Sucre) and the ‘No added salt(/sodium)' claim.

At present, the ‘Reduced in X' claim permits food manufacturers to communicate about reductions in a nutrient compared with a range of foods in the same category over a period of time.

The introduction of a ‘Now contains X% less' claim would offer new possibilities to food manufacturers to communicate incremental nutritional changes made to their products to the consumer by comparing old and new recipes.

Technological constraints to rolling out these smaller, step-wise reformulations are important to consider in this lengthy and costly process, not to mention the importance of gradually familiarising consumers to the new ‘improved' taste.

FoodDrinkEurope is calling on Members of the European Parliament to vote against the objection to the revised Nutrition Claims list when voting in the Plenary on February 2.

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